Saturday, December 03, 2011
Update: 30 Km east of Picton 5.7
Reported as "biggest recorded in around twenty years."
Friday, December 02, 2011
So I suppose I am destined to miss the new John until his re-appearance in 2014.
And if I hear one more time about how Shearer negotiated with Somali warlords I will .... roll my eyes again. Has anyone asked whether his negotiation successful?
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Then those people who are ecomically conservative and socially liberal know where they stand and can act accordingly.
It still remains for those who reject ACT (or whatever Banks decides to call it) to form a new entity that does manage the differences that will inevitably arise because people are always somewhere along a spectrum. But there needn't be differences as gaping as those between people at opposite ends of the social spectrum.
It'll take goodwill, genuine compromise and committment to discipline. But I ask you, what else is left?
Monday, November 28, 2011
But will a leader keep the 20 percent he doesn't agree with? Liberals and conservatives can often agree on a majority of economic policy but are deeply divided on social issues - those that arguably have more impact on individual personal lives.
Ms Isaac said the future depended on Mr Banks. "Will John Banks embrace Act ideology and its policies and seek to advance them?
"I don't know how John Banks is planning on conducting himself. His history is with the National Party, not with Act, and I don't know to what extent he embraces Act principles."
She said she did not intend to take an active role in the party, but there was a future for a classical liberal party.
Mr Banks' conservative views have rubbed the more socially liberal Act members the wrong way. But he was comfortable because of what he called the "80/20" principle - he agrees with 80 per cent of the party's policies.
Catherine is right on one other thing too. There is a future for a classical liberal party. One that attracts all ages. The 'disengaged' who are perenially cynical about self-serving politicians. Young people like my son who baulk at socialism and collectivism, but don't identify with a political brand of any sort. NOT conservatists; and NOT statists.
The Libertarianz can surely not go another election with their ever energetic efforts but disheartening results?
There are rather a lot of politically homeless people out here I am afraid.
And on a related note Oswald asks about The Conservative Party, "Why are they getting even more derision from the so-called right-wing blogs?"
Because 'so-called right-wing blogs' are misnamed?
Conservatives are by definition anti-abortion, anti voluntary euthanasia, anti same sex marriage and adoption, pro-criminalisation of drugs, and happy to use the state as an instrument of supression. None of which interests me.